Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes

Just last week I needed to make dessert for 50 people, anything I wanted and no restrictions. I immediately thought of making these mini cheesecakes. I have made them several times, and they are always a big hit! But I wanted to top them with something that was delicious and would be loved by everyone. I walked around the grocery and I came across these mini Reese Pieces. The colors were perfect, and everybody likes chocolate and peanut butter. So these Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes were the result! Each cheesecake is stuffed full of mini Reese Cup pieces and drizzled with chocolate sauce and peanut butter sauce, then topped with those mini Reese Pieces that started it all!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes
 (printable recipe)
Makes 12 cheesecakes

3/4 cup crushed Pretzels
1/4 cup Melted Butter
12 oz. block Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch
2 Eggs
1 Egg Yolk
1/8 cup Vanilla flavored Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
24 mini Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Milk Chocolate Blocks
Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter 
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
4 tablespoons Milk
Reese's Mini Pieces

Crush the pretzels using a food processor or put pretzels in a bag and crush by using a rolling pin.
Pour crushed pretzels in a bowl and mix in the butter.
Place 1 tablespoon of crushed pretzel into each cavity. Press down until it is smooth and level. A note about this pan: I bought this pan at a craft store. The bottom of each cavity is a removable disk, making it easy to remove the cheesecakes once they are baked. 
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, heavy whipping cream, cornstarch, eggs, egg yolk, syrup and extract with a mixer.  Beat until smooth. 
Cut the mini Reese Cups in half. Place 4 halves into each cup of cheesecake batter. Push down so they are fully immersed. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check to see if they are done by using a toothpick.  When done, remove from oven and use a toothpick to go around the edges of each toothpick. Cool completely. Go around edges to loosen them again. Pop up from the bottom of the pan, and place on a plate or on something you can refrigerate.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Heat the heavy whipping cream in a microwave or in a small pot on the stove, to a warm heat. Add the heavy whipping cream to the melted chocolate, and whisk together until the chocolate is a drizzle consistency. Set aside, keeping it warm.
In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk. If needed, add more milk until a drizzle consistency is achieved.  

Drizzle each cheesecake with peanut butter drizzle and chocolate drizzle. Top with Reese's mini pieces. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. 
 Thanks for joining me today! 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Grilled Chicken and Steak Stir-Fry / #SundaySupper

Chicken or steak. Hardly a major problem in the realm of everyday life, but it can be a dilemma! I always choose chicken. My husband always chooses steak. I love a moist and tender grilled chicken breast over almost anything else. My husband is a dyed in the wool lover of all things steak. The only thing to do~ Cook the stir-fry I was planning, using both! That is how this Grilled Chicken and Steak Stir-Fry became Dad's favorite recipe, and one all of us love!
Grilled Chicken and Steak Stir-Fry

Makes 2 servings
Crushed Black Pepper
Garlic Powder 
Low Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
4-5 ounces Chicken Breast
4-5 ounces London Broil
Grilled Corn Cob
 Mushrooms
Mixed Peppers
Onions
Grape Tomatoes 
Whole Wheat Pasta
Yum Yum Sauce
Sour Cream


Sprinkle the chicken and london broil with black pepper and garlic powder. Pour teriyaki sauce over steak and chicken. Use two forks to pierce the meat and chicken continuously, tenderizing the meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
 
 Grill the chicken, london broil, and corn cob.
Slice the peppers and onions into thin slices. Chop mushrooms. Cut tomatoes lengthwise. Cook pasta. Cut corn off the cob.
Start cooking mushrooms on the stove with a 1/2 tablespoon of butter. The mushrooms take longer to cook than the other vegetables.
Sprinkle the onions and peppers with ground pepper, and saute in a large pan until tender.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan of  peppers and onions. Mix together.
Add tomatoes and mix together. Mix yum yum sauce and sour cream. Drizzle over dish.
Your Grilled Chicken and Steak Stir-Fry is ready to serve. Thank you for joining me today!


Scroll down to see what SundaySupper members are sharing today as we celebrate Dad's Favorite Recipe!

Thank you to our hostess, Sarah from The Chef Next Door!
 
Appetizers and Snacks
Beverage
Breakfast
Condiments and Sauces
Desserts
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Plus What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day from Sunday Supper Movement
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies

With Father's Day coming up, I find myself in my yearly "what to buy my dad" dilemma. Over the years, I have gotten him just about everything he could use or want, and some things he didn't!! I get frustrated buying him things that, a few months later, I find in the closet, unused and unopened! As I thought about what do to this year, and trying to find something unique and special for only him, I decided to bake him some cookies! He is a huge chocolate lover, and he loves when I bake for him! So what in the world took me so long to decide this is the gift for him? I don't know. Sometimes I tend to overthink these things when really, I need to remember that often "simpler is better". I  know he will love Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies,(and so will you) and my "what to buy dad" dilemma is solved!


Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies
(printable recipe)
Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup Butter~softened
3/4 cup Sugar 
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 tablespoons Powdered Chocolate
2 cups Flour
8 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips
5 ounces White Chocolate Chips

Mix together the butter, both sugars, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and powdered chocolate. Add the flour and mix until combined.  Add white chocolate and dark chocolate chips and mix together with a spoon.
 Use a cookie scoop and place dough onto parchment covered baking sheet. 
 Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
Cool on a rack, wrap them up and make your Dad smile!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!


Thank you for stopping by! I am glad you are here, 
and I hope that your summer is off to a great start!
I hope you will share with us what you are doing to
 celebrate summer by linking up all your creativeness!




Here are the three most clicked links:

10 Bachelorette Party Ideas
from
Celebrate the Start of Summer
from
21 Delicious Salad Recipes
from
The Crafty Blog Stalker 

So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!
We love to celebrate with you!

Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when
someone clicks on your link and visits your page.


2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
You may receive an email reminder about this party.
Let's get this party going!





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cream

 I have Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons with Mascarpone Cream for you today! The other day I looked through my freezer and fridge and saw that I had a few items that were on the verge of overstaying their welcome. If there is one thing that really drives me nutty, it is the thought that I might have to throw that food away! So, I came up with the idea of making these napoleons because:  #1, they are a favorite dessert of mine and #2, they used up all of the items I needed to use! So lets get to the recipe! I know you will love it!


Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cream

Makes 16 Mini Napoleons
(printable recipe)

1-14 ounce package of Puff Pastry
8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese~softened
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Blueberries
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
2 tablespoons Water 


Unwrap your pastry dough and cut the 4 pieces in half, and then cut those pieces in half. You should end up with 16 pieces of dough. I used Dufour Pastry Kitchens Classic Puff Pastry. It is fantastic tasting and very easy to use. 
Bake according to package directions, then cool completely. Mix together the mascarpone cheese, confectioner's sugar, and heavy whipping cream. As you are mixing, add the cream a little at a time. You might find that you like the cream a little stiffer, therefore using less cream. Set aside. Wash the fruit and cut the strawberries across, making strawberry discs. 
Make the drizzle by mixing together the confectioner's sugar and water. Set aside. Put the napoleon together by slicing the puff pastry in half, creating a top and a bottom. Top the bottom with a scoop of pastry cream, then top the cream with a strawberry slice or two, and a couple blueberries. Place the top of the pastry on the strawberry. Drizzle with the sugar and water mix, then top with a strawberry slice and some blueberries.


Thanks for joining me today! I am so glad I used up all my "almost out of date" ingredients, and I am even happier these terrific Blueberry and Strawberry Mini Napoleons w/ Mascarpone Cheese were the result!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad!

With summer here, I am thinking it is time to start eating a little lighter. With all the heat and humidity we have been having, the thought of something heavy, just seems to drag me down and I get those "after eating yawns" that make me want to nap. Of course, then my day ends up being very unproductive. So today I am enjoying this Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad!  You are going to love it! It is light and full of so many great flavors!


Oh, did I mention, there is wine too! Check out this recipe! Today I am guest posting over at Women's Daily with this Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad, made with Aidells Chicken Sausage, and  a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio from Cupcake Vineyards!

 Click here to get the recipe: Sausage and Pasta Summer Salad
Make it today, and "after eating yawns" will be gone! Thanks for stopping by today!





Thursday, June 2, 2016

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

It's time to Celebrate It!
Hi Everyone!
I hope you all had a great, fun, full of sunshine
Memorial Day Holiday!
I am so glad you have stopped by to link up and share, 
or to browse through all the incredible link ups,
I am happy to see you!

Here are last weeks most clicked links:

 Smart Summer Challenge 2016
from

Honey Sandalwood Soap Pucks
from
DIY Summer Fun Idea Jar
from


So glad you are here to share your projects and ideas!!

We love to celebrate with you!


Here are a few things that will make this party fun for everyone:

  1. Visit 1 or 2 other party goers if you can.
It is so much more fun when
someone clicks on your link and visits your page.


2. I pin each of your link ups to the Celebrate It! board,
 and I will also pin them to another one of my
 boards that fits the pin.
 Your link up will get tweeted both times also!


3. By linking up you are giving me permission to feature
 your post on social media.  Proper credit is always given.
You may receive an email reminder about this party.
Let's get this party going!